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Is sleeping for less than 5 hours really that bad?
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Posted 1/31/17 , edited 2/1/17
Bit of a random question however I've been trying to figure out if this is really that bad.

As people I've talked to make it seem like the worst thing ever however I doubt this.

So I ask for assistance.

I get around 2-5 hours of sleep normally and feel perfectly fine throughout the day.

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Well I do it on occasion and can get by with enough caffeine with a bare minimum of 4-5 hours. That being said if you do it all the time, then yeah not really good for your health. Bad for your metabolism for sure and not good for anyone's health in general, and I don't know about you, but I can't function at 100% at work and school with so little sleep. Maybe it's different for others, but going through long periods of sleep deprivation definitely made me feel worse emotionally too.

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I usually sleep for 4-6 hours depending on day and it at least for me seems to be no different then get the "recommended 8 hours" of sleep most people say you need, so I'd say nah 5 hours is fine as long as your able to do what you need to and want to do in a day.
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On average I get 5-6 hours a night. At most I get 10 on weekends. Your supposed to hit between 6-8 but I'm just barely cutting it apparently.
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Posted 1/31/17

Raoku wrote:

I usually sleep for 4-6 hours depending on day and it at least for me seems to be no different then get the "recommended 8 hours" of sleep most people say you need, so I'd say nah 5 hours is fine as long as your able to do what you need to and want to do in a day.


Good point, also varies by person and their age. If you sleep 5-6 hours and feel well rested, then I see no problem. If you feel like a zombie on the other hand, well that's a problem.
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Well it can be the worst thing ever.

Do you get tired and or grouchy at the drop of a hat?
Do you find yourself wanting sugary stuff or relying on caffeinated drinks? The require more and more?
Do you easily forget things?

If the answers are all no then for short amounts of time it would be fine. Eg you can't sleep in summer.

Long term if you lack sleep you can face anything from depression, weight gain to even stuff like diabetes. As you knock particular hormones out of wack. So sleep is good.
The recommended 8hours for everyone is apparently a myth. 6-7 will work depending on age. Though younger people need more then that. Unless they want to be a short person and be very forgetful lol.
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maybe? Wouldn't you feel tired for the day? Do you sleep during the day? I sleep around 10 hours though, so i don't know how it would be like to sleep for less then 5 hours..
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Yes, I would even say it's the worst thing for you to do no matter the age and no matter who you are. Sleep duration is an important factor in sleep quality, and even beyond that if you add in our modern tendency to expose ourselves with light at night (blue light in the visible spectrum in particular, though others in the spectrum as well but mostly blue light) with only being able to sleep for such short amounts of time there is probably a BIG circadian arrhythmia going on which has negative effects in all areas of a persons health.

Also a circadian rhythm is a a roughly 24hr cycle of our physiological processes.

If we look into the research of Chronobiology/Circadian rhythms and health and see the patterns and trends we might come to the conclusion that yeah sleep is important and the environment we expose ourselves to determines the quality of that sleep. And Tbh literature aside if we actually investigate and look at our own experience with honesty it's pretty easy to tell that if you get good quality sleep life goes a bit smoother, sometimes more than a bit if your sleep is shit and you don't even realize it.

I guess I'll add some reading material cause you probably don't believe me and that's cool, I wouldn't believe me either

Posted 1/31/17
Well ask yourself this. During the day do you feel sleepy or fatigued? I know getting less than 5 hours of sleep definitely can't be good for your health in the long run, but I guess if you aren't feeling awful throughout your day, then you may be fine.
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Yes.
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yes you will become a toad
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On the 5 hour end doesn't seem so bad but on the 2 hour end I can tell you it can be quite dangerous. Lack of sleep was on of my contributing factors to a stroke I took at a fairly young age (working double shifts and all). You definitely need to be careful
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2-5 hours everyday is not healthy. Think of sleep as food. Your body needs it and sleeping more should not be an admission of weakness.
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For most people, yes. However, there are some people who are just fine getting less sleep. Having said that, they are by far in the minority. Generally, I would aim for 7 hours.
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There are a lot of comments above suggesting that you should use your own judgement whether it is okay for you or not. Unfortunately one of the first things to go when you are tired is your own objectivity about whether you are tired. If you want to follow the advice above I'd suggest sleeping for 7 hours for a few days straight and then think back over your recent actions. You may decide that everything was completely okay but at least you will be considering the situation with a clear mind.

If you can't think back over your recent actions then you have hit another problem from lack of sleep - poor memory.
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